Collins-Maxwell teacher Wes Stover was recognized recently by Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate for organizing Collins-Maxwell High School’s participation in the statewide Iowa Youth Straw Poll for the 2016 general election.

In recognizing Stover, it was said, “Stover stepped up and registered to include our student’s voices in the statewide straw poll and as a result of (his and other teachers who did so) efforts, students received a unique civic education experience.”

Pate said the leadership from Stover and Iowa teachers like him allowed for the Iowa Youth Straw Poll to be nationally recognized this year, winning the National Association of State Boards of Education Award for Outstanding Leadership in Voter Education from the National Parent Student Mock Election organization. In addition, the social media aspect of Iowa’s Youth Straw Poll, #Aparticipate, was a national top five finalist for a Government Social Media Award.

“My thanks to all of the teachers and school administrators who helped make the Iowa Youth Straw Poll a huge success,” Pate said. “More than 250 schools and 56,000 students participated statewide. We could not have done this without the efforts of the teachers. The Youth Straw Poll was a fun, hands-on learning experience for students across the state that hopefully will encourage them to become engaged in civics in their communities.”

Stover is being sent a certificate for his honor from the Iowa Secretary of State’s office.